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Twente Airshow 2003 (Open Dagen KLU)

I started this page to show you the amazing pictures of the Twente Airshow 2003; see the 5 travelogues.

The 2003 Open Days of the Dutch Airforce were a special occasion. This year marks 100 years of Dutch civel aviation, 90 years of Dutch Airforce and 50 years of Royal Dutch Airforce.

These days were held at the Twenthe Airport between Enschede, Oldenzaal and Hengelo. This field is the homebase of the 313 and 315 F-16 squadrons. Furthermore is the homebase for the civil Flyingclub Twenthe, The Twente Gliderclub and the Twente Model Airplane Club.

As at every open day there were infostands by the Dutch Army, Navy, Military Police and numurous Airforce units. Of course many civil airforce souvenirs stands were present too. In some big tents the Airforce promoted itself and tried to recrute new personnel and the Defence Industry showed some of there products.

At the static show various aircraft were on display, from the Uiver via special painted fighter jets to a row of Ultra light Aircraft.
More action could be found at equipment in operation, like radars, guns and more.

The Dutch Airforce showed of with their Air Power Demo and demonstration flights of:
- Apache helicopter
- Hercules transport airplane
- Orion of the Dutch Navy
- F16 demo jetfighter
- KDC-10 tanker airplane
- Several helicopters

Moreover ther were flightdemo's by civil airplanes (old & new) and by Harrier & Dragon airplanes.

The absolute highpoint were the flight demo's by 7 of Europe's best flying teams:
- Team Orlik
- Royal Jordanian Falcons
- Patrouille de Suisse
- Patrouille de France
- Frecce Tricolori
- Patrulla Aguila
- Red Arrows

No wonder 300.000 people came to visit.

An american McDonnell Douglas F15-E Eagle (LN0204) from RAF Lakenheath.

A German HFW-1D Huey helicopter (27+19), made by the Bell company.

Follow my Airshow Trail.

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  • Pros:Great outdoors
  • Cons:150 km East of Amsterdam
  • In a nutshell:Including Salland and Twente
  • Last visit to Provincie Overijssel: May 2016
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Tetreus's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2006 at 4:28 AM

    Hi, But why is Sibculo not on your travelpages ?? ;-) Janine and Andrea

  • Elena_007's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2006 at 8:18 PM

    Fantastic Air Show pics! Thanks for the virtual show. Must return soon to continue on the trail... (and get around to adding my own pics as well) Happy New Year! ~Elaine~

  • erikatheskysailor's Profile Photo
    Jan 23, 2005 at 12:29 PM

    HI there; thanks for the visit and comment. :) Great photos and commentary here! As a fellow air show fan, I enjoyed them very much. :)

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2003 at 5:29 AM

    Superb air show pictures!!! Thanks for showing us less fortunate ones the beauty of it all in just 5 travelogues!!! Great page for aircraft lovers!!!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2003 at 9:51 AM

    FANTASTIC pictures Pieter Jan, I do like airshows very much ,Canada has a saadddd Military,but we do have the '' Snowbirds '' a 9 jet precision team The Netherlands has a great military again they are awsome shots ,I enjoyed seeing them,

  • ouchh's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2003 at 1:07 PM

    AHHH, ik heb dit wel op TV gezien, maar dit allemachtig prachtig. geen saaie interviews, prachtige beelden, daar gaat het om!!! Wat een foto's!!!!

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